by Lisa Sorg
Incumbent U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole has rarely visited North Carolina since she took office in 2002, and if yesterday's polls are any indication, she may want to leave the state permanently.
According to Public Policy Polling, challenger Kay Hagan has a seven-point lead—51-44—going into Election Day, possibly due in part to the backlash over Dole's "Godless" ad attacking her opponent. CNN had Hagan up by nine late last week.
fivethirtyeight.com is reporting today that the lead, coupled with the strong Democratic turnout in early voting, "Dole will need a miracle to retain her seat."